Gakot Beautiful Islet of Banton

Gakot Beautiful Islet of Banton, Gakot_Banton_Island'Bantoncillo'Island, Banton ,Gakot_Bantoncillo Gakot Image courtesy of Epi Fabonan.
Bantoncillo Island is an uninhabited island in the province of Romblon in the Philippines. It is part of the municipality of Banton. Bantoncillo is a Spanish word meaning "little Banton" in Bantoanon 'Gakot'.

This islet is beautiful, clear water and white sand beach , as-of now Gakot have no source of water.
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Barangay Nasunogan

Barangay Nasunogan, Nasunogan PICTURE: Birds eye Nasunogan  Harbor. Full Image Here  Image courtesy of Jhodz Fabul
Nasunogan is the acknowledgement boatyard of the island municipality. Most of the vessels of the island’s only shipping company, San Nicolas Lines (formerly Asuncion Shipping Lines), were built in the Nasunogan Harbor by the intrepid shipbuilders of the island.

The barangay got its name from the word “nasunog” which means burned. Reportedly in the olden times a native of the place was stabbed to death by a Moro who was taking a bath in the swamp. Later a fisherman arrived at the swamp to take a bath likewise saw the dead man. The fisherman by instinct brought the corpse into the shore and burned it. From that time on the place was called Nasunogan.

The sitios of Nasunogan are Bagdang, Ilada, Mas-ing, Pangpang, Papayongon, Bayokbok, Bianga, Sangat and Mayor.  These places are home to the Fabulas, Fabuls, Falquerabaos, Ferriols, Fortus, Fabons etc.

Being one of the better developed barangays it has all the basic facilities for its constituents: barangay hall, chapel, basketball court, social hall and wharf.

The Nasunogan harbor is a perfect refuge/shelter for sea-crafts which are caught by storms and typhoons during their journeys. Its fine sandy beaches offer a very conductive atmosphere for swimming and family excursion. [source:]
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Macat-Ang Beach Banton Island

Macat-Ang Beach Banton Island, Barangay Mainit Beach, Macat-ang_Banton-Island, Macat-ang Beach PICTURE: Maca-ang Beach. Full Image Here
Macat-ang Beach is a cute beach of fine golden sand and is a little far from Barangay Mainit’s activity center.

Trivia: Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. The composition of sand is highly variable, depending on the local rock sources and conditions, but the most common constituent of sand in inland continental settings and non-tropical coastal settings is silica (silicon dioxide, or SiO2), usually in the form of quartz.
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Macat-Ang Beach

Barangay Mainit Beach, Macat-Ang Beach, Macat-ang PICTURE: Maca-ang Beach. Full Image Here
Macat-ang Beach is a cute beach of fine golden sand and is a little far from Barangay Mainit’s activity center.

Barangay Mainit Beach, on the other hand, is a long stretch of sand and pebbles and nearer Mainit’s activity center. The church, basketball court, sari-sari stores and other establishments are just nearby. The newly-constructed Sunset Boulevard provides an additional attraction for joggers, bikers or leisure walkers. Perfect an all-around whole day activity.

Barangay Mainit is the farthest barangay from Poblacion but may be reached by sea (motorboat) or by land (motorcycle).
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Gakot 'Bantoncillo' Island, Banton

Gakot 'Bantoncillo'Island, Banton ,Gakot_Bantoncillo PICTURE: Birds Eye of Gakot in Malamig. Image courtesy of Meyette Fabellon Facebook.
Gakot (Bantocillo) is a small islet, uninhabited and is part of Banton Island, Romblon Philippines together the twin island Isabela and Carlota.
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Puyo Island Banton

Puyo Island,Brgy. Yabawon, Banton Island, Puyo Island Banton, Puyo_Island_Banton PICTURE: Puyo Island,Brgy. Yabawon, Banton Island.
Puyo Island is an uninhabited island in the province of Banton, Romblon in the Philippines. It is part of barangay Yabawon in the municipality of Banton. Bantoanons simply call this island ''Puyo'' meaning island.
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Barangay Lagang Banton

Bagakay, Mayahog, Tubigan, Tinago, Ratag, Cogon, Otoy, Andungog(Tansa) and Gisk-ak, Barangay Lagang Banton, Lagang_Banton_Romblon PICTURE: Birds Eye View of Lagang Beach.
From a sitio of Barangay Tumalum, Lagang Banton Romblon became a regular barrio in 1917 though the efforts of its pioneering elders Basilio Fabroa, Hermogenes Fabayos and Severino Fesalbon.

Pasil, gis-ak, Barangay Lagang Banton, Lagang_Beach_Banton-Island Beutiful Beach of Brgy. Lagang, Pasil - gis-ak
Its name was derived from the edible native seashell Yagang which thrived abundantly in its territorial waters long before the Americans came. Such seashell meat became a delicacy among the barrio folks and its shell sold to merchants. Too bad one can hardly find this rare seashell nowadays. What are left are the smaller version called bulal-is and taktakon.

Public facilities available in the barangay are concrete rainwater collectors for water supply, Barangay Hall, Social Hall, Catholic Chapel, daycare center, and basketball court.

Lagang has seven sitios namely, Bagakay, Mayahog, Tubigan, Tinago, Ratag, Cogon, Otoy, Andungog(Tansa) and Gisk-ak. source:
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Barangay Mainit Banton

Barangay_Mainit_Banton, Mainit Beach, Barangay Mainit Banton PICTURE: Barangay Mainit Bay.
Mainit Banton, Romblon is the farthest Barangay from the poblacion yet many believe up to now that it was the first townsite of the island. The elders say that when the first church was being built in Poot Banwa the statue of San Nicolas banished from its bamboo altar and was later found in a branch of Amuyawon tree in present townsite at Poblacion its clothing full of “haminlit” seeds. Considering such occurrence as a sign the townsite was eventually transferred to the place where San Nicolas was found. As a consequence Mainit just became one of the original barrios of the town.

Mainit_Beach, Barangay Mainit Banton Beutiful Beach of Mainit
The barangays name was derived from a hot fresh water spring spouting from underground beneath the shore and easily observable during the tide. With temperature reaching 90 degrees Celsius one can get a hard boiled egg in five minutes by digging into the sand and putting a raw egg into the whole filled with hot steaming water.

Twenty sitios comprises the barangay: Tobongan, Pudo, Bantadan, Ayog-og, Puyang Raga, Tuha, Poot Banwa, Naboyhan, Suk-an, Paegoran,Tuboyan, Macat-ang, Patag¸Boco, Central, Tiyaktak, Kabanto, Eggis, Tabok and Punta. Interestingly, Paegoran became the site of a leper colony and cemetery when leprosy struck Banton in 1898.

The barangay benefits from the public infrastructure erected by its official among them are the barangay hall, basketball court, Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist chapels, multi-purpose hall. Recent development includes the improvements of its fine sandy beaches into tourism sites.

To enjoy Mainit is to indulge swimming at its fine sandy beaches and take a trip to Gakot islet (Bantocillo) for the adventure. Its equally famous sunset is a spectacle to behold specially for those who seek serenity and peace of mind. source:
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Fort of San Jose Banton, Romblon

Fort_of_San_Jose, Banton-Island, Banton Romblon, Banton Paradise Island PICTURE: Fort of San Jose Banton, Romblon Tourist Spot of Barangay Poblacion.
El Padre Capitan and the Fortification of Banton.

According to the historical records of the Recollects, almost immediately after taking on the post of the missionaries, violent attacks were launched in Romblon by the Moros. The savage attacks of the Muslims gravely disrupted the evangelization of the first Recollect mission. Fr. Pedro de San Jose even reaching to the point of driving him to escape in the mountains. When Fr. Juan de San Anotonio, superior of the Recollects was informed about the situation, he was determined and acted decisively to fortify the towns of Romblon and Banton, a task which would be very difficult for the missionary to undertake. The superior assigned Fr. Agustin de San Pedro to the islands to protect the lives of its Christian inhabitants. Fr. Agustin de San Pedro won fame for his heroic actions against the pirates and war exploits in Mindanao which earned him the title “El Padre Capitan”, a famous name in Philippine History. The newly appointed priest immediately began the construction of the churches and forts of Romblon and Banton between the years 1640-1650.

Fort_San_Jose, Banton Romblon Philippines Historical Fort of San Jose Banton, Romblon
In Banton, El Padre Capitan constructed first the church and convent then the walls encircle in it. In every corner of the walls, he put towers to be able to watch the approaching enemy. A deep well and other important facilities were constructed for the needs of the evacuees in case there is a threat of Muslim attack. To the north of the church, he build a watch tower on the top of Onti Hill which has a commanding view of the entire Sibuyan Sea and the exit point of the vessels from the port of Romblon as well as the ship going toward the south of the archipelago. Banton church was dedicated to Patron Saint of the parish, San Nicolas De Tolentino. The fort was named “Fuerza de San Jose” (Fort of San Jose) in honor to Saint Joseph. In 1870, the details and the condition of the fortress church were mentioned in Memoria de Panay.” The fort is in the form of isosceles triangle. The walls measure 11.17 meters long, 2.08 meter thick and 4.58 meter high. On the top of the walls, there were 12 cannons with different calibers:

In the field of material achievements, much had been done by the Recollects and the Bantoanons. They constructed the church continually due to devastating typhoons that may come and the surprise attacks of Muslims. Because of these, they paid less attention to the artistic design of the church concentrating more on building them strong enough to hold on against whatever destructive elements to come.

The accomplishment of El Padre Capitan is truly amazing. At one time, a fleet sailed from Jolo to attack the island of Banton. On its way to Moros were trying to avoid passing Banton and Romblon in order to avoid a confrontation with the fighting priest. The enemy arrived on the sea craft and under the direction of El Padre Capitan, set on fire eight barges (caracoas) and with rest of the vessels, successfully destroyed the enemy. These served as warning against future attacks. Since then, Muslim piracy in the island was eradicated. In the book Sinopsis Historica , it was written: “Due to its location and because of the work of El Padre Capitan, the fortress church of Banton is real bastion and it would be difficult to find another fort in the archipelago into which so much effort has been poured, for the purpose of depending its inhabitants. The inhabitants themselves are simple folks, actively devoted to the town of their birth and on its occasion, whether in defense against the Moros or thieves, they always exhibited bravery.
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Barangay Sibay, Banton

Barangay_Sibay_Banton_Romblon PICTURE: Barangay Sibay Beach.
Like other barangays, Sibay is a sibling of one of the island’s orginal barrios, Libtong officially became a barangay in 1912.

Stories had it that Sibay was formerly a forested area and the land near the seashore had abundant timber for logging. The first settlers of the place find it very difficult to cut down the trees as they were so big and tall. To prevent accident the woodcutters would hang a “Sibay” (hammock) to sit on while they cut down the trees. From that time on they called their barrio Sibay.

The barangay has 10 sitios interconnected by concrete alleys mostly completed during the term of Bgy. Captain Benjamin Familara with the help of Ex-assemblyman Nemesio Ganan Jr. These sitios namely Busay, Butlac, Kabutunan, Maxiboy, Pali, Quiapo, Proper, Subok, Yungkadan and Yuusan.

Sibay is the converging point of copra products from the neighboring barangays of Tan-ag and Libtong. Hundreds of sacks of copras are loaded to vessels moored in it shore each week for trading to Lucena. During the “habagaton” Southwest Monsoon months cargo vessels unload here cargoes and goods for consumption of the people.

Sibay’s beachfront become a favorite swimming for the people nearby. During the high tide the sea extends inward to the mainland forming a “suba” which serve as a swimming pool. source:
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